CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Saturday that it’s sending an investigative team to Charleston to investigate the 7,500 gallon chemical spill into the Elk River that’s impacting up to 300,000 residents in a nine-county region serviced by West Virginia American Water Company.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso issued a statement Saturday afternoon concerning the leak from Freedom Industries:

“This incident continues to impact the people of West Virginia – our goal is to find out what happened to allow a leak of such magnitude to occur and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place to prevent a similar incident from occurring.”

The team is scheduled to arrive in West Virginia Monday morning.

 

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Comments

  • Kelly

    Why hasn't the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated the ongoing toxic chemical leak in Lochgelly WV?

    The WVDEP has known about it to years but refuse to enforce state regulations that are suppose to protect clean water!

    See for yourself:

    www.DirtySecretWater.com

  • leroy j gibbs

    What if this was r terrorist attack and the spill was something more lethal? Homeland security dropped the ball on this one.luckily no one was seriously injured

  • WV Hillbilly

    Harrisonburg, VA has a population similar to the City of Charleston itself. Comparing populations within city limits. They have had the good foresight to construct 3 independent water sources for their treatment plant, which is actually on a hilltop, not near a stream. They pipe water for miles from a mountain lake near the WV line and two separate rivers. Why hasn't a city the size of Charleston, with so many threats to a single water source, not done the same? With proper monitoring and independent sources, they could have immediately shut down the Elk River intake, opened an unaffected source and reduced the down time and amount of flushing by an immense degree. Once again, West Virginia seems to half-a.. much of what is done!

  • WV Patriot

    Being a boater, I see tens of thousands of more dangerous chemicals dumped into the river... But when corporations control the money people have a tendency to look the other way,, .. Now is the time to look at all the chemical dumping that takes place in the elk and kanawha rivers... Good uncomtaminated drinking water is the reason I moved to Teays Valley that Putnam Water is the producer of water that doesn't have all the residual chemicals...

  • HOSA

    COULD IT BE. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/11/1268990/-Freedom-Industries-Has-Ties-to-Koch-Brothers#

  • I'm honest at least

    The DEP does this a lot.....perfect example: while building the new school in Terra Alta the astbetos ridden material was buried on private property in two places one of which is within a half mile of the water source for the town.

  • HOSA

    REGULATIONS, OH REGULATIONS WHERE ART THOU NOW. LET'S SEE, THE REPUBLICAN LED HOUSE JUST PASSED A BILL GUTTING HAZARDOUS WASTE REGULATIONS.THE GOP WANTS TO GET RID OF GOVERMENT REGULATIONS DUE TO COMPANIES ACTING RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY THE "FREE MARKET" WILL PUNISH THEM. I THINK OUR TAX REVENUES SHOULD BE REIMBURSED BY THE COMPANY WHO HAD THE SPILL. WHY SHOULD ALL THE PROFITS FROM THE COMPANY BE PRIVATE, YET THE SPILL AND CLEANUP BE DUMPED ON THE TAXPAYERS TO FOOT THE BILL. THE TAXPAYER DIDN'T CAUSE THE MESS, THE COMPANY DID. NOW, THE COMPANIES WILL FILE BANKRUPT AND START RIGHT BACK UP UNDER ANOTHER NAME. WERE OPEN FOR BUSINESS, WILD WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA.

  • jss

    WV DEP inspections. Regs are there?

  • Jeff keller

    Wouldn't it be better if there was a better safety net of some kind required to keep this mishap from happening with Freedom Industries ? Something along the line of an extra safety valve or barrier required to keep chemicals out of the public water supply?

    • leroy j gibbs

      Great idea. Homeland security should have thought about this before